Less than 24 hours after Tony Evers was elected governor, the Republican leader of the state Assembly threatened to take power away from him even before he is sworn in.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Wednesday he would discuss whether to look at limiting Evers' power with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). Fitzgerald is open to the idea, according to an aide.
Evers spokeswoman Britt Cudaback said it's "unfortunate Vos is doubling down on division" after Evers asked to set aside differences and work together.
Vos and Fitzgerald did not say what kind of limits they were considering placing on the governor’s power. Any change would need to be passed before January 7, when Evers is sworn in, and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.
Aides to Walker did not say if the governor would be willing to curtail the powers he enjoyed for eight years.
Even if the Republican-controlled Legislature does not pass legislation limiting the governor's power, Evers will almost certainly face a common feature of split government — gridlock.
Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.